Monday, October 25, 2010

Gossip Worthy Monday: Bowtie Pasta, Crostini, and Martinis!

Yay!  Gossip Girl is back!  To celebrate, we decided to be corny and make bowtie pasta (get it?*), crostini, and martinis.  We loved the idea of it being so basic, yet open to interpretation.   And I mean honestly, who doesn't love any excuse to eat carbs?

My version: (Vegan) Sundried Tomato, Olive, and Basil Bowties with Vodka Sauce, Mango Avocado Crostini, and a Vanilla Martini with Lime

For the Pasta:
- One box bowtie pasta
- 2 cups tomato sauce 
- 3/4 cup vodka 
- 1/4 cup vegan creamer 
- 1/4 cup coconut milk 
- 1/2 cup vegan parmesean cheese 
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch 
- One small can sliced black olives
- One package sundried tomatoes 
- 1/2 cup fresh basil 

For the Crostini:
- One loaf baguette bread 
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
- One mango 
- One avocado
- 2 cloves garlic 
- 1/2 one yellow onion 
- One jalapeño pepper
- Juice from 1/2 a lime 
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh cilantro 
- Salt and pepper to taste 

For the Martini
(which my boyfriend and I drank out of whiskey glasses because we're classy like that) 
- Absolut Vanilla Vodka 
- Extra Dry Vermouth
- Juice from 1/2 a lime 
- Martini Olives 

- Preheat your oven to 375°F.
- Begin to boil water for your pasta, and cook to your preference.  We love al dente.
- Simmer the vodka and tomato sauce in a saucepan over low heat.  Allow it to reduce for about 20 minutes.
- While your sauce reduces (stir constantly!), make the mango avocado spread.  Toss the mango, avocado, garlic, onion, pepper, and cilantro in a food processor.  When it's almost as smooth as you'd like, add the lime juice, salt, and pepper, and continue to process to finished.
- Slice the baguette into very thin slices, and line on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and toss into the oven.  Bake for about 8 minutes, or until golden. 
- Back to the sauce.  Stir in the creamer, cornstarch, and parmesean cheese, and continue to stir over medium heat. 
- Once your pasta is cooked to your liking, add the olives, sundried tomatoes, and chopped basil.  Toss with the vodka sauce!
- Your crostini should just be finishing up in the oven.  Take it out, allow to sit for a moment, and top with the mango avocado spread.  
- Oh, I didn't forget about the martini.  Add 2 ounces vodka and 1 ounce vermouth with a squeeze of lime juice per martini.  Toss in an olive and you're all done!  

Chelsea's version: (Vegan) Bowtie Pasta Salad with Fresh Peppers, Green Beans, and Capers tossed with Balsamic Vinegar, Kalamata Crostini, and a Lemon Raspberry Martini

For the Pasta:  
- One box bowtie pasta 
- One yellow, one red, and one orange pepper 
- One red onion 
- 1/4 cup green beans 
- 1/4 cup fresh basil 
- 1 tablespoon capers 
-  1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste 

For the Crostini
- One loaf olive baguette 
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives (smoked if you're able to do so!)
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste 

For the Martini
- Gin
- Chambord
- Limoncello
- Lemon juice
- Raspberry club soda
- Lemon rind twist 

- I'm not going to bore you through this again.  Just read the directions for my stuff, and do the same things with Chelsea's ingredients with a few changes:
   - Chelsea's dressing is wonderfully simple.  Just wisk the oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper together, and viola!
   - For her tapenade, just toss everything in a food processor.  Pretty much the same as mine, but without the second step.
   - Chelsea isn't all about measuring (and honestly, I only do when I'm posting my stuff..).  We're going to suggest using 1 ounce gin, 1 ounce chambord, 1/2 an ounce limoncello, juice from 1/4 a lemon, and about 2-3 ounces raspberry soda.  

That's it!  Hurry up and grab your dinner, your dogs, your best friend on iChat, and get ready for another amazing episode!  Xoxo, Gossip Amandah.

* You know, bows.  They're girly.  Duh. 



  1. YUM! What kind of creamer did you use in the sauce? I'm thinking because you used coconut milk, So Delicious coconut milk creamer would be awesome.

  2. No, I don't get it :-( I've never seen it! But I love the meal anyway! Can I still share? Love that pasta sauce.

  3. Avegangirl, I actually used Silk creamer, but So Delicious coconut milk would probably also be super delicious!!

    Jamie, it's just a super cornball thing: bowties because the show is girly, one of the character wears bowties, and another character always has a bow on her headbands:) And of course you can share! I don't know of many people that watch that show anyway, haha

  4. O...M...G...everything sounds so good! Okay, except the peppers. I want to make this! All of this!
    I've never seen smoked kalamata olives but they sound amazing.

  5. Thanks for the vodka sauce recipe, this is a definite will-try. :) I really like your blog, very cute! I found it during a Google search for vegan penne vodka, glad I did!